King County Offering Virtual GIS for ESJ Training

05-28-2020 05:39 AM
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Registration is now open for a new session of the King County GIS workshop Introduction to GIS for Equity & Social Justice, on Wednesday, June 17, from 8:00am-12:30pm (Pacific Time) 11:00am-3:30pm (Eastern Time)

This class will be presented live, via Zoom (credentials to be emailed to registered attendees in advance). Register today: GIS for Equity and Social Justice - June 17, 2020 Tickets, Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite 

"This workshop will serve as an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for equity and social justice (ESJ). We will explore critical race theory (CRT) and trends in critical race spatial analysis. We will review recent literature and academic programs around the topic of GIS for ESJ. Most importantly we will outline best practices for GIS professionals in doing GIS for ESJ work. This includes creating a data/mapping/application support framework both for their own work and to support the work of non-GIS professionals.

This session of the workshop also includes new material being developed for a new GIS for Equity and Social Justice Best Practices document being developed for the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge."

Please reach out to Gregory Babinski‌ with any questions.

New Contributor III

Hi Gregory Babinski,

Was this session recorded? And if so, by request, can it be made available?

Thanks in advance.



New Contributor II

Hi,Gregory Babinski

I second Raynah's question and request.  I was on vacation last week for my wedding and missed this opportunity!



New Contributor

Raynah and LaToya....

Our training sessions are not recorded. The session last week on 6/17 was not originally scheduled, but we added it because we had many inquiries about the workshop from people on the East Coast. We had offered the W/S in the past on a 1pm-5pm PT schedule, which on the East coast makes for an 8pm ending. So 6/17 was 8am-1230pm PT, which attracted many more East Coast students.

We don't have another regularly scheduled session for GIS for ESJ until October (, but if there was sufficient demand we'd add another public session mid-summer.

We are going to be presenting the class four more times within the next month, but these are dedicated sessions, two for the City of San Jose and two for the City of Seattle.

Related to the GIS for ESJ workshop, I am finalizing the development of a GIS for ESJ Best Practices document, as my AGS EthicalGEO Fellowship project ( The public peer-review process has just closed and I am making final revisions. After this has been endorsed by my peer contact group, it will be submitted to the GIS&T Body of Knowledge as a new article.


Greg Babinski

About the Author
I am the Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where I’ve worked since 1998. Previously I worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. I have an MA in geography from Wayne State University. I am a GISP – Certified GIS Professional. I am a Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 I founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter. I originated the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model and participated in the development of the Geospatial Management Competency Model. Most recently I have focused on the application of GIS for issues related to equity and social justice. I am co-author of the URISA-Certified ‘Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice’ Workshop. I am an American Geographical Society 2019-2020 Ethical GEO Fellow. My fellowship project is to develop GIS for ESJ Best Practices, which will be published in the GIS & T Body of Knowledge. In addition to GIS consulting, I am a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. I have spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. I also taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In my spare time, I like to hike steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.